Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.—Jesus (Matthew 6:34 NIV)
From the very first moments of this New Year, the Lord began to teach me the value and significance of every day. As I get older, and my youth fades in the rear view mirror of life like my short term memory, it seems the years fly by at an alarming pace. I woke up on New Year’s Day wondering where 2008 went like a man in a stupor. When I was in high school the last five minutes of class seems like an eternity, and now five days pass before I can turn around.
So how does one make the most of his or her life when it is flying by? I may have learned the lesson standing in the corner of a intensive care unit room watching a wonderful grandfather saying good bye to his grandchildren just a couple of hours before his death. On January 1, 2009, Lynn Blewett went home to be with our Lord after living a wonderful life serving his Lord and loving his family and community.
I had the honor of being his pastor over the past seven years. I witnessed Lynn and his wife LaDonna demonstrated their faith in a wide variety of ways. They faced adversity together with deep trust in the Lord and His providence, and an abiding love for each other.
On January 1 I stood by his bed to walk with him to the edge of the valley of the shadow of death. Only our Lord could take him through it. As the hospital staff prepared to take Lynn to the BSA hospice for his last hours I slipped into the corner of the room as his grandchildren came in to tell their grandfather how much they loved him. With tears in their eyes and with a stiff upper lip they surrounded his bed with loving devotion. They told him how much they loved him and how much he meant to them.
In the midst of their words of love Lynn constantly reminded them of his love and how proud he was of them. Then as they struggled with what was just around the corner, he said, “Take it just one day at a time.” He prepared them for the road of sorrow just around the corner, but more importantly gave them a huge life lesson with his last breath of life. He taught them a lesson he had learned from Jesus. Live your life one day at a time.
We all would be wise to listen to these words of wisdom and counsel. Life at its best is lived “one day at a time.” Each day arrives filled with promise. Each day promises the presence of our Lord. Each day offers meaning and purpose. Jeremiah wrote at a dark low point in his life: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “(Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV)
Make the most of today, and learn to live “one day at a time.”